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La Dolce Vita 1960 film review

La Dolce Vita 1960 film review

La Dolce Vita (1960, Italy)

Running time
174 minutes
Our rating
★★★★★★★★☆☆ 8 / 10

The film does not have any particular story, the main character is a journalist Marcell writing a gossip column in one of the magazines. Seeking for the topics he takes the trips during the day and night throughout Rome. He sees a lot of different situations and meets colorful people. One of them is a playful film star Sylvia, then we have a quarrel of the journalist with his mistress. Marcell on the one hand participates in the aristocratic adoption (degeneration), on the other hand we have a religious fanaticism as a result of the alleged apparitions in nearby village. Another character is an intellectual, who only on the surface seems to be happy and peaceful.

This is one of the most important films of Fellini showing a specific moment of Italian history and 20th century society. As usual with this director, film distorts reality, presents it in a subjective manner and style. We have a paparazzi, elegant world, volatile and carefree frivolity. This film some consider epochal, in fact it is one of the best documentaries of the time. It’s a great movie, but for modern audience may be incomprehensible and difficult to understand. The film is in black and white, but it’s hard to forget some of the scenes: a dip in the fountain of Trevi, the statue of Christ hanging down from the helicopter, admission to the castle and much more.

The film was from the beginning considered as important piece of art, although aroused much controversy, and even public protests. This is the first big movie Mastroianni, who fits the role of a lost, undecided, with a weak nature that he often played in later films.

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Creators of La Dolce Vita

Federico Fellini films

Federico Fellini


Federico Fellini films

Federico Fellini


Pier Paolo Pasolini films

Pier Paolo Pasolini


Tullio Pinelli films

Tullio Pinelli


Ennio Flaiano films

Ennio Flaiano


Cast of La Dolce Vita

Marcello Mastroianni films

Marcello Mastroianni

as Marcello Rubini

Anita Ekberg films

Anita Ekberg

as Sylvia

Anouk Aimee films

Anouk Aimee

as Maddalena

Valeria Ciangottini films

Valeria Ciangottini

as Paola

Yvonne Furneaux films

Yvonne Furneaux

as Emma

Magali Noel films

Magali Noel

as Fanny

Alain Cuny films

Alain Cuny

as Steiner

Annibale Ninchi films

Annibale Ninchi

as Father Marcellas

Walter Santesso films

Walter Santesso

as Paparazzo

Audrey McDonald films

Audrey McDonald

as Jane

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